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ERIC Number: EJ974096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0266-0830
"I Just Seem to Be a C Sort of Person": Self-Theory and Academic Achievement
Taylor, Claire
Studies in the Education of Adults, v44 n1 p101-113 Spr 2012
This article explores the higher education learning experience of Kat, a mature female student. As part of a longitudinal case study spanning two years, data were collected through interviews and journal entries. The data were used to construct an account of Kat's higher education experience, focusing particularly upon her self-theory in relation to academic ability and achievement. Kat's account contained recurring themes related to self-doubt and academic inadequacy and yet she completed her course and progressed to further study. This article explores the factors that enabled Kat to succeed in her studies, suggesting that significant factors could be related both to her shift in self-theory concerning ability and to her tutor's beliefs regarding ability. The case study aimed to understand a particular learner's experience and as such is unique to Kat. However, the study provides depth of insight into certain issues faced by mature learners on entry to high education and as such contributes to our understanding of learning and teaching in higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom